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Penn tops New Mexico for 6th straight win, moves to 10-2

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Penn tops New Mexico for 6th straight win, moves to 10-2

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Penn's inside duo of A.J. Brodeur and Michael Wang dominated the paint against New Mexico, finishing with 20 and 19 points respectively in a 75-65 win on Saturday.

Anthony Mathis, Corey Manigault and Carlton Bragg each scored 13 to lead the Lobos (5-6). But Mathis missed all of five of his second-half shots.

The story, however, was the Quakers ability to consistently pound the ball into Brodeur and Wang, who each also grabbed nine rebounds.

"I thought they were worried about our shooting," Penn coach Steve Donahue said. "So I thought we did a good job of reacting to that, taking advantage of A.J. and Michael in the box."

It took the Quakers (10-2) just over seven minutes to build a 15-point lead at 19-4 after Jackson Donahue's 4-point play and it took New Mexico the same amount of time to erase it, tying the game at 24-all on Vladimir Pinchuk's fastbreak layup with 5:41 left in the first half. New Mexico took its last lead at 53-52 following a Drue Drinnon 3-pointer that capped a 9-0 Lobos run with 11:05 remaining.

"It's just an amazing place to play -- and loud," Donahue said. "Fans are rabid and with their style of play, they could have collapsed. Every time I thought we were on the verge, we made a play that kept them at bay. It's not an easy style to play against and it's a very difficult place to play."

The teams were tied twice over the ensuing five minutes before the Quakers pulled away behind an 11-2 run that Bryce Washington started with five-straight points.

"I thought we made a nice run there in the middle of the second half," New Mexico coach Paul Weir said. "And I thought they responded very well to it, made some plays, made some shots."

New Mexico missed its first six shots from the foul line and the Lobos struggled the rest of the game, finishing 10-for-23. The Lobos got away from their normal high-pressure man defense, spending large chunks of the game in an extended zone.

"For two days, I thought it was pretty good," Weir said. "Based on different things we were looking at, it was just something that we felt we needed to go to. It was great in the first half. It was double the success rate of our man."

Quakers starting center Max Rothschild did not play because of a back issue, but that allowed Wang to have an impact as a starter rather than coming off the bench.

"Michael is kind of one of our best scorers anyway, even though he's coming off the bench," Donahue said. "But it was a probably a good thing in a game like this because Michael has the ability to score against that kind of defense."

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Penn gained some national exposure in its last outing, upending No. 17 and defending national champion, Villanova 78-75 on Dec. 11. New Mexico has been on a slide, entering the game having lost four of five and needing a confidence-building win against a solid opponent before Mountain West play begins on Jan. 2 at Air Force.

Up next

Coming off a four-game home stand, New Mexico finishes its non-conference schedule Dec. 30 in Hobbs, N.M. against NAIA University of Southwest. The Quakers next play at Toledo on Dec. 29.

Penn dumps highly-favored Providence behind Ryan Betley

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Penn dumps highly-favored Providence behind Ryan Betley

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ryan Betley scored 22 points and AJ Brodeur scored 17 with 10 rebounds and underdog Pennsylvania stunned Providence 81-75 on Saturday.

Prior to Saturday, the last time the Quakers (3-2) beat Providence was 66-65 on Jan. 25, 1975 in Providence.

Providence (4-2) led for a scant 1:59 of this one. Eddie Scott's 3-pointer with 17-minutes left in the first half gave Penn a 5-4 lead and they never trailed again. Penn went to the break with a 47-30 lead after shooting 19 of 33 (57.6%), including 7 of 14 3-pointers.

After the break, Nate Wilson's layup made it 58-52 with 8:51 left, but Providence wouldn't get closer until the end. Jordan Dingle's layup with 66 seconds to go put Penn up 77-64.

Maliek White led Providence with 20 points and Alpha Diallo scored 16.

The Friars entered the game with a 6-3 all-time mark against Penn. Before Saturday, Providence had won the last four games between the two, including an 89-52 win in the most recent matchup on Nov. 18, 2004 in Providence. The Friars' record against Ivy League schools is 132-50.

Penn falls on the road at Lafayette

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Penn falls on the road at Lafayette

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EASTON, Pa. — Justin Jaworski scored 20 points and Isaac Suffren scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and Lafayette beat Pennsylvania 86-75 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Stout's 3-pointer with 16:54 remaining put the Leopards (3-2) ahead 51-49 and they never trailed again. His basket started a 15-6 run that Penn (2-2) never recovered from.

Jaworski made 4 of 6 3s and distributed six assists. Myles Cherry scored 13 points and Tyrone Perry 12.

Devon Goodman led Penn with 15 points, AJ Brodeur scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and distributed eight assists. Bryce Washington scored 12.

Lafayette plays Fairleigh Dickinson at home on Sunday. Penn plays Providence on the road on Saturday.